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CLAT - Exam, Syllabus and Admission

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Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is an all India entrance examination designed to ease students from problem of taking multiple entrance tests. CLAT is conducted on rotation by 17 National Law universities participating in CLAT 2016 and admit students to under-graduate (LL.B) and post-graduate programmes (LL.M).The 17 members of National Law Universities (NLU) with the set of courses available are as follows:

S.No Name of Universities Undergraduate Programmes Postgraduate Programmes
1. National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU) B.A. LLB Hons.
(5 years)
LL.M (1 year)
2. NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad (NALSAR) B.A. LLB Hons.
(5 years)
LL.M and M.Phil (1 year),
MBA (2 years)
3. The National Law Institute University, Bhopal (NLIU) B.A. LLB Hons.
(5 years)
LL.M(1 year) and MS(Master of Science) in: Cyber Law and Information Security
4. The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences Kolkata (WBNUJS) B.A. or B.Sc. with LLB LL.M
5. National Law University, Jodhpur(NLU) BBA.,LL.B.(Hons.); B.A.,LL.B.(Hons.); B.Sc.,LL.B.(Hons.)
(5 years)
LL.M (1 year)
6. Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU) B.A. LLB Hons.
(5 years)
LL.M (1 year)
7. Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU) BA/ BCom/ BBA/ BSc/ BSW LL.B. (Hons.)
(5 Years)
8. Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU) B.A. LLB Hons.
(5 years)
LL.M (1 year)
9. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala (RGNUL) B.A. LLB Hons.
(5 years)
LL.M (1 year)
10. Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU) BA LLB (Hons) and
BBA LLB (Hons)
(5 years)
11. National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS) B.A. LLB (Hons.)
(5 years)
LL.M (2 years)
12. National Law University, Odisha (NLUO) B.A. LLB, BBA LLB
(5 years)
LL.M (1 year)
13. National University of Study & Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL) B.A. LLB, BBA LLB
(5 years)
14. National Law University & Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJA) B.A. LLB (Hons.)
(5 years)
LL.M (2 years)
15. Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU) B.A. LLB (Hons.)
(5 years)
16. Tamil Nadu National Law School (TNNLS) B.A. LLB, B.Com LLB (Hons.)
(5 years)
17. Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai (MNLU) B.A., LLB (Hons.) (5 Years) LLM (Legal Pedagogy and Research) (1 Year)

Note :

  • Some of the Universities admit the NRI candidates directly whereas others do it through CLAT. Please carefully read the information provided by the participating NLUs on the subject in the CLAT Information Brochure and on the CLAT website (
  •  Only Indian nationals/NRIs are allowed to appear in the CLAT. Foreign nationals are not permitted to appear in CLAT. The foreign nationals desirous of taking admission to any course in any of the participating NLUs may directly contact the concerned University having seats for foreign nationals.

CLAT Application Procedure:

  • Mode of application is online only i.e. first the candidate has to register himself or herself on the CLAT website online by creating a Login account and then s/he can access the application form.
  • The CLAT 2016 Online Application Form is accessible on the CLAT website ( usually between 1st January and 31st March, along with the Information Brochure. As per latest information, for the year 2016 no hard copy of the Application Form and Information Brochure was noted to be sold.
  • CLAT Information Brochure (but not the application form) is usually accessible from the respective website of all the participating NLUs.
  • No copies of the filled in Online Application Form or uploaded certificates/documents need to be sent to the CLAT Office.
  • Mode of Payment can be online as well as offline.
  • The online payment can be made through net-banking, debit card, credit card etc. wherein the candidate will have to bear the additional transaction costs for remitting the fees through payment gateways.
  • For the offline payment, the candidate will have to download the 'Bank Challan' that will be generated with the required information, as filled in by the candidate, and make the payment with additional bank charges at any branch of the SBI. After making the requisite payment at the bank, the candidate needs to fill-in the details of the Bank Challan as required at the relevant section of the website.
  • The candidate is required to take the printout of the Hall-Ticket / Admit Card to the Examination Hall.


The fees to be remitted while submitting the Online Application Form of CLAT 2016 for General/OBC/PWD and other category candidates is usually Rs. 4000/- (for SC and ST category candidates it is Rs. 3500/-), excluding the bank charges or additional transaction costs for remitting the fees offline/online through payment gateways.

(A candidate will have to make payment on three occasions through CLAT website viz, (i) submitting the Online Application Form (ii) if interested in downloading the Previous Year’s Question papers and (iii) while participating in the counseling session. The mode of payment through the website is both online and offline.)

CLAT 2016 for Undergraduate programmes

CLAT Eligibility

  • A candidate should have obtained a Higher Secondary School/Intermediate (10+2) or its equivalent certificate from a recognized Board with not less than 45% marks in aggregate (40% in case of SC and ST candidates)
  • Candidates who have appeared in the 10+2 examination and are awaiting results are also eligible to appear in the test. However, such candidates are required to have passed the qualifying examination at the time of their admission and must be able to submit proofs in support of their claims.
  • No upper age limit is prescribed for appearing in CLAT-2016
  • No provisional admission shall be provided to those candidates who are not submitting the result of the qualifying examination (i.e. 10+2) at the time of admission.

CLAT Syllabus

S.No Section Marks & Number of Questions Time
1. English including Comprehension 40


2 Hours

2. General knowledge & Current affairs 50
3. Elementary Mathematics 20
4. Legal Aptitude 50
5. Logical Aptitude 40
  Total 200

There shall be a system of Negative Marking wherein 0.25 marks will be deducted for each of the wrong answer.

To get the real feel of CLAT exam, access our online test series.

CLAT 2016 for post graduate programmes

CLAT Eligibility

  • A candidate should have obtained a LL.B./Five-Year Integrated LL.B. degree/any other equivalent degree from a recognized University with not less than 55% marks in aggregate (50% marks in case of SC and ST category candidates)
  • The candidates who have passed the qualifying degree examination through supplementary/ compartment and repeat attempts are also eligible for appearing in the test. Such candidates will have to produce the proof of having passed the qualifying examination with fifty-five/fifty percent marks, as the case may be, on the date of their admission or within the time allowed by the respective universities.
  • Submitting the final results of the qualifying examination within the timeframe prescribed by the respective universities, the candidates who have appeared or are appearing in the qualifying degree examination by March/April are also eligible to appear in the test.
  • No upper age limit is prescribed for appearing in CLAT-2016

CLAT Syllabus

Multiple-Choice Questions

Allocation of questions to be asked from different areas of law:

S.No Section Marks No of Questions Time

Constitutional Law

50 50


2 Hours



50 50

Other law subjects

such as Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, Family Law, property Law, IPR etc.

50 50
  Total 150 150

There shall be a system of Negative Marking wherein 0.25 marks each will be deducted for each of the wrong answers to Multiple Choice Questions.

Exam and Results

Exams usually take place in 2nd week of May and results come out by last week of May

CLAT 2016 Admission Procedure

For UG courses:

  • The merit list-cum-preference is the basic principle of admission for CLAT 2016 and the allotment of candidates to various NLUs is based on the same.
  • An online counseling takes place after the announcement of the CLAT results which is usually from 1st June to 9th June, wherein the candidates are asked to mark the preferences of the NLUs for admission within the given period mentioned in the schedule.
  • The first 2500 candidates in the merit list are allowed to participate in the online counseling for (against) the actual seats available with the participating NLUs, by logging in to the personal Login account created by them at the time of registration. The candidates have to deposit the adjustable fees of Rs 1,00,000/- (Rupees One Lakh only) either online/offline through the website.
  • The candidates seriously interested in taking admission must deposit the required fees so as to be considered against the seats available with a NLU. The candidates failing to deposit the required fees through the website with the CLAT Office by the specified date are sure to lose their right to be considered for admission in future and their names will be dropped from the CLAT 2016 Merit List.
  •  The university-wise first provisional allotment list based on merit-cum-preference is published on the CLAT Website for the exact number of seats available with a NLU taking into consideration the university-wise preferences obtained from the candidates during the counseling session, their CLAT 2016 score and Rank. The list is also made available to the respective participating Universities.
  • The provisionally selected candidates allotted to various NLUs are required to reserve their seats within a given period at this stage by logging in to the personal Login account.
  • A list of waitlisted candidates is also issued along with the Provisional Allotment List, from the first 2500 candidates who had undertaken the counseling after remitting the fees. The comprehensive list will be prepared by picking up candidates proportionately from various categories such as General/SC/ST/OBC/PWD/DFF/NRI etc. both from the All India and State (Domicile) category of candidates.
  • If the waitlisted candidates fail to get a seat in any of the Universities due to non-availability of vacancy, the entire amount of Rs 1,00,000/- deposited by such candidates will be refunded to them without any deduction.
  • After the candidates are finally allotted to various Universities, the candidates will be required to approach the allotted Universities with the balance amount towards the admission fees and the relevant certificates/documents in original issued by the competent authority in support of the various claims made by the candidates, during the scheduled period (24th - 27th June/ last week of June usually) and complete the admission formalities.
  • While the candidates will be required to pay the balance amount of fees to the allotted Universities at the time of completing the admission formalities, the adjustable amount of Rs 1,00,000/- deposited with the CLAT Office will be transferred to the respective Universities after the completion of the admission process.
  • The candidates withdrawing from the admission process usually before last week of june   (before 24th June), are refunded the amount by the CLAT Office after deducting the administrative charges of Rs`10,000/-.

For PG Courses:

The admissions to the PG programmes through CLAT 2016 are done in a centralized manner from the CLAT Office after the counseling session, as mentioned above for the UG programmes, by allotting seats based on the merit and preference of the candidates furnished during the counseling session. The candidates are allowed to participate in the online counseling session by depositing the adjustable fees of Rs 65,000/- (Rupees Sixty Five Thousand Only) through the website with the CLAT Office.

Recruiters for CLAT 2016

The well-known International recruiters for CLAT are Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance LLP, Herbert Smith LLP, Linklaters LLP, Simmons & Simmons LLP, SJ Berwin LLP and Slaughter & May LLP.

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